WASHINGTON – A battle to win a path to citizenship for “Dreamer” immigrants, following two decades of defeat, is underway in the U.S. Senate as Democrats face tough challenges on several fronts, including within their own ranks. For the millions of immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, crossing the border illegally or overstaying visas, an obscure Senate procedure known as “budget reconciliation ” could determine their future this year. Democratic Senate…"Steep obstacles for U.S. Congress effort to legalize ‘Dreamer’ immigrants"
– The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday updated its guidance to help reopen schools in the fall, including recommending masking indoors for everyone who is not fully vaccinated and three feet of distance within classrooms. The CDC in its latest guidance said all kindergarten through grade 12 schools in the United States should continue to mandate wearing masks indoors by all individuals who are not fully vaccinated. The agency said that…"CDC recommends masking indoors for unvaccinated students, teachers in U.S. schools"
BUDAPEST – When Hungary passed legislation last month curbing children’s access to discussion of homosexuality, transgender chemistry teacher Floris Fellegi-Balta was not sure he would be able to continue teaching at all. Hungary’s new anti-LGBT law, which comes into force on Thursday, has caused anxiety in the LGBT community and added uncertainty to life under nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government, which has stepped up its campaign against LGBT people ahead of elections next year.…"As Hungary’s anti-LGBT law takes effect, some teachers are defiant"
WASHINGTON – Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday said he was proud of his decision to approve the certification of Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential race, pushing back against fierce criticism from former President Donald Trump. Pence was in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 when pro-Trump rioters launched a deadly assault on the building in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to stop Congress from formally accepting Biden’s victory over Trump…"Pence ‘proud’ of his Jan 6 actions despite criticism from Trump"
WASHINGTON – The top prosecutor at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the U.S. agency that investigates unfair labor practices, is pushing for a bigger budget and more staff, he told , adding he would not be surprised to see a jump in complaints about employees being misclassified as contractors. Peter Sung Ohr, the acting general counsel at the labor board, is pushing to increase the agency’s annual budget for fiscal year 2022 by 10%…"U.S. Labor Board prosecutor hopes to bulk up staffing, budget as gig worker scrutiny grows"
WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden will meet with a bipartisan group of U.S. senators on Thursday to discuss their proposed framework for an infrastructure bill as he looks to push a large-scale spending package through Congress despite Republican opposition. Members of the group of 21 senators, or “G-21,” announced an agreement on a framework on Wednesday after a meeting with White House officials. The G-21 talks have focused on a $1.2 trillion, eight-year spending plan,…"Biden to meet with bipartisan senators to discuss infrastructure plan"
– The National Republican Congressional Committee will begin to accept donations in cryptocurrency, it said on Thursday. The organization said it was the first national party committee to take contributions via cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, which it said would help it support Republican candidates in next year’s midterm elections. “We are focused on pursuing every avenue possible to further our mission … and retaking the House majority, and this innovative technology will help provide Republicans the…"Republican congressional committee will start accepting cryptocurrency donations"
WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of 20 U.S. senators – 10 from each caucus – said on Wednesday it supported a framework for infrastructure investment. “We look forward to working with our Republican and Democratic colleagues to develop legislation based on this framework to address America’s critical infrastructure challenges,” the group said in a statement. The statement followed an announcement last week that a smaller bipartisan group of senators had reached an agreement on an…"Bipartisan U.S. Senate group backs infrastructure framework"
WASHINGTON – U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday will promote Biden administration efforts to advance voting rights when she meets fellow Democrats from the Texas state legislature who successfully blocked a bill they said would make it harder for Blacks and Hispanics to vote. She was due to speak on the topic at the White House at 11:15 am ET (1515 GMT). President Joe Biden appointed Harris this month to lead the charge against…"Kamala Harris launches bid to boost voting rights across U.S."
LOS ANGELES – Jared Kushner, son-in-law of former U.S. President Donald Trump and a senior adviser in his administration, has reached a deal to write a book billed by his publisher as the “definitive” recounting of Trump’s presidency. The book will be released early next year, according to publisher Broadside Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers specializing in conservative authors. Broadside did not make financial terms of the agreement public. “Jared Kushner was the most…"Jared Kushner set to publish ‘definitive’ book on Trump presidency"